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May 19, 2013

Three vie for Lake Placid School Board seats


There will always be such issues as taxes, technology and shared services, she said, but there needs to be a basic trust for a meeting of the minds.

To address that, Tufano said, she would listen to what parents, caregivers and community members say they want and need for the students. She would hold forums every other month, inviting the public to share concerns.

“Frank and open conversations are necessary facets of understanding even when agreement can’t be reached. Of course, there must be limitations on what the School Board members can say and when they can say it. But even just expressing that fact can go far in relationship building.”

JOHN HOPKINSON Age: 68. Education: Bachelor's from College of William and Mary; and doctorate from Syracuse University, 1971. Occupation: Retired. Former vice president/general manager of Lake Placid Operations for Upstate Biotechnology Inc. Previous School Board experience: Incumbent, appointed in 2012. Civic organizations: Community Development Board member, former Adirondack Health Board of Trustees member and Lake Placid/North Elba Joint Planning Commission. Family: Married with adult children. RICHARD "RICKY" PRESTON Age: 56 Education: Bachelor's degrees in education/minor athletic training and physical therapy; doctorate in physical therapy. Occupation: Director of Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine at Adirondack Health. Previous school board experience: Two years, St. Bernard's School in Saranac Lake. Family: Wife, Joanne; children, Sara and Joshua; stepchildren, Noah and Katie. JENNIFER TUFANO Age: 41. Education: Bachelor's degree in English, master's degree in student development administration. Occupation: Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society director. Civic organizations: Lake Placid Sinfonietta Education Committee member; Member of Friends, parent/teacher group at LP Elementary School; LPES parent volunteer; and Garden Committee chair. Family: Husband, Tony; and daughters, Isabella and Olivia.

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